My name is Lisa Barton, and I am a Renal Social Worker for Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis clinic in Dodge City, Kansas.


     My name is Lisa Barton, and I am a Renal Social Worker for Fresenius Medical Care, a dialysis clinic in Dodge City, Kansas. I am writing this letter in support of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, also known as RSVP. This agency utilizes retired volunteers, and an aspect of their program vitally services the local patients with End Stage Renal Disease.
     As you may or may not be aware, patients with Stage 5 kidney disease, or ESRD, require dialysis three times a week. An essential part of this treatment is maintaining a healthy access in their arm to ensure proper dialysis. This may include regular, as well as unexpected, trips to Wichita to have this access in their arm revised.
     Since many of our patients are elderly, or do not have family or friends in the area, they rely on the charitable services of RSVP volunteers to meet this need. These volunteers provide a kind, compassionate service to those in need, often helping them with wheelchairs and sitting through long office visits or surgical procedures with them.
     Over the last eight years, I have worked in Dodge City, and patients have repeatedly relied on the generosity of these volunteers to take them back and forth to Wichita. While I work in dialysis throughout western Kansas, I do not have another non-profit organization more willing to meet and exceed the needs of this vulnerable population. Without proper funding, many of the area dialysis patients may not be able to travel to Wichita, where lifesaving treatments can be continued.
     I cannot express to you the importance of RSVP to not only dialysis patients but also other at-risk individuals in this area. It is my hope that proper funding will continue, as I am not aware of any other options for these worthy populations.
     If you have any other questions regarding my support of RSVP, please feel free to call me at 620-793-4065. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of such a valuable organization.